I received a HR monitor for Christmas. I had never figured I needed one. I just thought that I could guestimate my HR for the range I was looking for, be it 65%-75%, 80-90, what have you.
I started toying with the thing and it all started well. Found my resting HR to be in the low 40's, and in the 50-60 range for just regular everyday activity.
I then programmed in my target range and set out for a session of cario in the 65-75% range and received a slap in the face. What I had been guessing to be in this range was way off. I had been exerting much more than I should have. Once I got my HR elevated it simply took a light, what I guess you could call, walk/jog pace to keep it in the target range. It didnt even feel like much of a workout. I did test my HR manuallly thinking the monitor might be off, but it was dead on.
With that said, I am thinking this has most likely led to my losing to much LBM while cutting/maintaining, and hindering growth while bulking and trying to limit BF/LBM gains? The whole two step forward one step back analogy.
I would suggest anyone who doesnt allready have one to spend the $30-$40 to get one. I figure that is worth possibly hanging on to some of that hard earned LBM.
I just figured there might be others out there like myself that estimate their hr for cardio that might find this interesting.
Also, wanted to hear if anyone else has experienced this type of realization?